Poster for Joshua Marston's The Forgiveness of Blood, starring Tristan Halilaj.
The winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at last year's Berlin Film Festival gets its first poster. Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace) directs as well as scripting alongside Andamion Murataj.
Sindi Laçej, Refet Abazi, Ilire Vinca Çelaj and Çun Lajçi complete the main cast of the drama produced by Paul Mezey, co-produced by Gwen Bialic and Andamion Murataj, and executive produced by Eric Abraham, Janine Gold, Domenico Procacci, Hunter Gray and Tyler Brodie. The film opens February 24th.
The powerful and richly textured second feature focuses on an Albanian family caught up in a blood feud. Nik (Tristan Halilaj) is a carefree teenager in a small town with a crush on the school beauty and ambitions to start his own internet café. His world is suddenly up-ended when his father and uncle become entangled in a land dispute that leaves a fellow villager murdered. According to a centuries-old code of law, this entitles the dead man's family to take the life of a male from Nik's family as retribution. His uncle in jail and his father in hiding, Nik is the prime target and confined to the home while his younger sister Rudina (Sindi Laçej) is forced to leave school and take over their father's business. Working with non-professional Albanian actors and a local co-writer, Marston boldly contrasts antiquated traditions with the lives of the young people whose future is put at risk by them.
The Forgiveness of Blood Movie Poster: